MANILA - ABS-CBN on Monday launched its new afternoon series, "Walang Iwanan" - a real-life story of siblings who strive to survive after their mother's death.
Directed by Jerome Pobocan, "Walang Iwanan" features "Star Circle Quest" season one finalist Roxanne Guinoo, "It's Showtime" host Jhong Hilario, actor John Estrada, "Pinoy Big Brother" alumna Beauty Gonzales, and child actors Louise Abuel, Raikko Mateo, John Michael, Micko Laurente and Karla Cruz.
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The series was adapted from the real-life survival story of Jose Bautista and his seven siblings.
Pobocan said that from eight siblings, including Bautista, they decided to lower it five as it would make the set more manageable, especially because children are involved in the shooting.
Production also decided to make some changes in the story to make it more adaptive of the present generation, taking into account that Bautista's story happened in the early 80s.
"We made this story na mas makatotohanan. In-adapt namin sa real-life today," Pobocan said.
ABS-CBN's Comedy Business Unit Head Linggit Tan admitted that she was really inspired by Bautista's story when she first saw it on "MMK."
"Napanood ko 'yong buhay niya sa MMK, talagang very, very inspiring. Kahit hindi niya totoong mga kapatid 'yong iba pa niyang kapatid, siya 'yong nagpaaral at tumayong nanay at tatay nila," she recalled.
True enough, Bautista successfully sent his siblings to school.
With the help of a generous Chinese businessman, Bautista also finished a degree in accountancy from the Philippine School of Business Administration. After that, he went abroad and worked for a bank. His family now tries to give back to poor communities and street children through their feeding programs.
"Nagtutulong-tulong kaming mag-anak para makatulong din kami sa mga mahihirap, in retun sa kabutihan ng Diyos sa amin," he explained.
Bautista hopes that his story will inspire more people, especially those who no longer have parents.
"Walang Iwanan" will air starting October 19, taking over the time slot of "Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita."